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Just wondering how your 218 is holding up. (Mine’s been great, but I DO baby it.)

Has anyone been able to directly compare it (in the same listening environment) to a similar-sized non-Chinese instrument?

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John, what did you think about the recording my (then new) S7X? If you don't remember it's on Youtube if you search for Rachmaninoff and S7X. Of course it's difficult to compare pianos through recordings, but perhaps you could comment on how you think it compares with your 218.

As you know I seriously considered the 218 and liked it a lot, before ultimately going with the S7X. It had a very pretty sound. Something I liked was an unusual amount of sustain in the high treble. Even a piano tech working on another piano noticed this while I was playing, commenting that many pianos have no sustain at all up there. The dealer believed it was due to the 3-layer soundboard where the grain on the outer layers runs at an angle to the central layer allowing sound to move around the soundboard. This has some plausibility to it to me. Bosendorfer also have an unusually nice treble which might be due to the rim on the RHS of the piano being part of the soundboard. It's possible the 218 is less powerful than Yamaha/Steinway and has a "fluffier" sound rather than a pointed sound. Could also be voicing or the fact that it was near new.

If money was a key consideration the 218 would have won hands down as the S7X was 3.3 times the price.

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Originally Posted by johnlewisgrant
Has anyone been able to directly compare it (in the same listening environment) to a similar-sized non-Chinese instrument?

The Hailun dealer also dealt Schimmels. I greatly preferred the 218 to any of the far more expensive Schimmels (except probably the concert grand), although part of this is personal preference as I like growl in the bass, and also the pretty delicate treble sound of the 218.

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This website/blogspot I assume? http://sonepica.blogspot.com/

Beautiful sound (and great technique). Interesting Yamaha. Not the typical "Yamaha" sound. Sounds more "German," for what such descriptions are worth. Schimmels I have played, and I like them. A poor man's Steinway, I suppose. Which makes the Hailun 218 a very poor man's Steinway. I really wish Hailuns were seriously marketed in Toronto. I'm completely unable to find another that I can compare mine with. Toronto has grown VERY big (bigger now than Chicago now), but we seriously lag Chicago in classical music content (concerts, piano shops, private capital funding of our music institutions). Glenn Gould was a product of a piano culture that thrived in Toronto before and after WW2. Growing up here in the 50s, 60s, and 70s it seemed that every middle class family in this town had an upright; long winters and nothing much to do other than hockey, skiing, and pounding the upright. Decent high school music programs, as well, back then. The TSO (our orchestra) had Karl Ancerl (Czech emigre). The glory days. All gone now. (But we DO have some decent concert halls.)

I digress.


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